St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 305 - October 25/November 7, 2004


The Orthodox Faith


Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320
October 25/November 7, 2004
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
No. 305

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown at 6:20 this evening.

Hebrews 10:38

Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.

Services This Past Week

October 31 - Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Thanksgiving Service - One person came. Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy.
November 1 - One person came for Midnight Office. Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
November 2 - Two people came for Midnight Hour. Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.
November 3 - Three people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to St. George.
November 4 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
November 6 - One person came for the Pomen for all departed buried from the St. George Church. One person came for Akathist to Holy Communion and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Mornings - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - Midnight Office at 5:30 AM. Matins at 6:30 AM.
Afternoons - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Divine Liturgy - St. George Church, Monday at 5:30 AM.
Divine Liturgy - Saturday, Holy Trinity, Fairmont at 10:00 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrhflowing, Great Martyr of Thessalonica.
November 12 - St. King Milutin, Theocist and their Mother Helen.
November 14 - St. George Choir Slava, Covered Dish Dinner.
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers.
November 16 - Renovatin of St. George the Great Martyr Church
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begin

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

Support the St. George Choir, Come to the Slava next Sunday. Bring a covered dish.
The Parish Annual Assembly will be held on December 5.
The Parish Nativity Fast Retreat is scheduled for December 4.
Adult Class this Thursday evening at 7:00 PM following the evening service.
Pray for the homebound, hospitalized, those in care and nursing homes, rehab centers, jails and prisons.
Pray for the staffs of medical facilities, mental health professionals, \ those working in jails and prisons.
Pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Remember to listen to the parish radio program each week.
Pray for the men and women serving in the military and their families.
May God give comfort and strength to the family of Joseph Maraney.
Special collection today for the St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

The Holy Spirit cannot be divided from the Father and the Son in worship. If you remain outside the Spirit, you cannot worship at all, and if you are in Him you cannot separate Him from God. Light cannot be separated from what it makes visible, and it is impossible for you to recognize Christ, the Image of the invisible God, unless the Spirit enlightens you. Once you see the Image, you cannot ignore the light; you see the Light and the Image simultaneously. It is fitting when we see Christ, the Brightness of God's glory, it is always through the illumination of the Spirit. Through Christ the Image, may we be led to the Father, for He bears the seal of the Father's very likeness.
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980, p. 97 )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

The healing power of Jesus Christ.
The definitive presentation of Christ's healing in the Holy Gospel.
Christ continues to heal men, women and children today.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 1 - Visited parishioners.
November 2 - Held pomen in Murraysville for Joseph Maroney.
November 3 - Funeral service and burial of Joseph Maroney.
November 4-6. - Travelled to Chicago for Sabor Christian Education Committee meetings.

From the Desert fathers

He (Or) also said, 'If you have spoken evil of your brother, and you are stricken with remorse, go and kneel down before him and say: "I have spoken badly of you; let this be my surety that I will not spread the slander any further.' For detraction is death to the soul."'

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, 2004

Luke 8:26-39

Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!" For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed. Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you." And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

Today's Gospel message and every Gospel message brings the good news of Jesus Christ to attentive listeners. Believers welcome the "good news" of Jesus Christ into their hearts, their homes and their lives.

Serious believers know the value of investing a great amount of time in reading the Holy Scriptures to draw closer to and learn more about Jesus Christ. Serious believers know the Holy Scriptures provide nourishment for the soul and body.

Today's Gospel deals with the demon possessed man. Each person contends with demons that distract and attempt to draw the person away from Jesus Christ. The battle with demons is a daily battle.

Today's Gospel is evidence Jesus Christ can rid a person of demons and bring internal peace. Today's Gospel is evidence the Holy Orthodox Church believes this message has enduring importance. Today's Gospel is evidence of the Church reaching through the centuries to successive generations of believers.

Faithfulness in Christ is necessary for peace. Dedication to Christ is necessary for peace. Love of Christ is necessary for peace. Openness to Christ is necessary for peace.

The lives of the saints reflect and document complete love of Christ. The lives of the saints serve as inspiration and examples for generation after generation of believers seeking to follow Christ.

Christ stands before us at all times. We may be unwilling to make the choices necessary to follow Christ. We may make choices that take us away from Christ.

Serious believers realize that the only lasting peace is the peace from Christ. Serious believers realize that only in Christ does one grow as intended by God.

Christ changed the demon possessed man's life completely. Christ changed the demon possessed man's life forever. The healing of the demon possessed man was not to be hidden. The healing was intended to come to the attention of others.

Many individuals invest large amounts of time and money to rid the demons from their lives. Often when seeking professional help in dealing with personal demons, individuals neglect turning to the Church and Christ in faith.

Individuals seeking to conquer the demons in their lives do well to invest extensively in seeking peace through Christ. Individuals seeking to conquer the demons in their lives do well to discuss these matters with their priest. Individuals seeking to conquer the demons in their lives do well to increase their church attendance, their reading of Holy Scripture, prayer and fasting.

Today's Gospel is a lasting lesson in the ability of Christ to conquer and cast out demons. A careful reading of the Holy Scriptures will reveal the healing power of Christ. A careful reading of the Holy Scriptures will lead to a greater understanding of Christ.

The Holy Orthodox Church provides believers with the opportunity to come to Christ in specific locations throughout the world. The Holy Orthodox Church provides believers with year-round opportunities to experience the peace and healing of Christ.

Individuals dealing with the demons in their lives are not alone. The Holy Orthodox Church provides the welcoming atmosphere of Christ's love to those drawing near in faith.

Each person upon hearing the Holy Gospel of Christ decides whether he or she will heed the lesson and follow Christ. Each person makes the choice individually. Each person comes to Christ freely without duress.

The joy of knowing Christ is known only when the choice is done willingly, when it is done freely. The joy of knowing Christ exceeds all joy. The joy of knowing Christ gives perspective to life.

We can only attempt to imagine the difference in the healed man's life described in the present Gospel. We can only attempt to imagine his gratefulness.

Jesus told the man to tell others the great things God had done for him. Healing performed by Christ serves to draw others to Christ. Let us draw near to Christ and experience His healing. Let us tell others of the healing power of Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 25/November 7, 2004
Sts. Marcian and Martyrius, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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